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Actress brings friendly robot to life on stage.

MASTERING robotic movements is not something many actors expect to have to do during a career on stage.

But that's the task facing Andrea Edwards as she gets to grips with playing a robot in the futuristic 3D production, Dividefaid, by theatre company Cwmni Frn Wen. The Dolgellau-based actress plays robot D-Ben in the show, which starts touring on Wednesday.

"My character plays the friendly face of a futuristic cloning corporation that's scouring the world for human beings that fit their cloning criteria," says Edwards.

Iola Ynyr, who directs the visual projection show, describes it as a "mind-blowing visualisation" that will encourage the audience to question the world they live in.

"The audience will step into the realms of a 3D world, with light projections and visual explosions playing a big part in a magical theatre experience."

This will be the Anglesey-based theatre company's first steps into projection theatre.

"We are trying to ignite people's perceptions and imaginations through creating a futuristic world using advanced projection technology," adds Ynyr who is Cwmni Frn Wen's artistic director.

The man behind the visualisations is Rob Spaull from digital media company Mediapod. With set designer Gwyn Eiddior he has created a virtual 3D world that sits in the maze-like structure of the set.

"We've created digital visuals that will question the audience's sense of reality and space," says Spaull, who was involved with last month's Conwy Flic festival last month which used Conwy Castle as the backdrop for a projection show.

* Dividefaid tours until December 9. For details, call 01248 715 048 or visit
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Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Nov 5, 2011
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